St Mary's Church Upton

Making a difference, wherever we are, as we share Faith For Life in Christ

Faith Building: Our new building

One main outworking of our vision themes has been to consider how we can provide buildings which are ‘Fit for Purpose’ around the five themes of our vision (Worshipping, Welcoming, Healing, Equipping and Sharing).

A statement on the Chester Diocesan website encourages churches to provide a quality, well-resourced and maintained church hall which can be a tremendous asset to a church, enabling a wide range of activities to take place for the church and local communities.

Over the past few years there had been a growing conviction in the congregation that our present buildings on the Church Road site were no longer fit for purpose.

We believe that our Faith Building initiative will enable us to better serve in our community with buildings that are better suited to our present activities.

The building work started just before Easter 2017 and were opened Autumn 2018.

The proposed plans were unanimously approved by the Local Authority (October 2014) and passed by the Diocesan Chancellor at a Consistory Court (July 2016).

Our thanks to the support of so many people as the new building will enable us to fulfil the vision for a ‘fit for purpose’ building around the five themes of our vision (Worshipping, Welcoming, Healing, Equipping and Sharing).

The Diocesan Chancellor, David Turner QC, said: “I have concluded the petitioners have established their case and I intend to grant the faculty sought for the works proposed.

“The church has a proven track record of community involvement and activity,  a heart for the village and its life and affairs and a desire to do better that which it already does.

“I am satisfied the public benefit to be obtained from what I am wholly persuaded will be an exciting, gospel driven, community facing, fresh chapter at St Mary’s.”

When we meet

St Mary's, Church Road, Upton

9am: A quiet, more formal service.
11am: Busy with children who start in the service and move into age-related groups after the start.
6.30pm: Generally more informal

St Mary's Centre, 127 Saughull Massie Road, Upton

10.30am: Holy Communion on the third Sunday of the month,  Morning Worship on each of the other Sundays. The Centre has a friendly and informal atmosphere and facilities for children.

Pattern of services

St Mary's Church

First Sunday of the month
9am Holy Communion
11am Together at Eleven (all ages)
6.30pm Sundays at Seven or Evening Praise

Second Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Morning Worship
6.30pm Holy Communion

Third Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Morning Worship with Baptisms
6.30pm Evening Praise

Fourth Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Holy Communion
6.30pm Evening Prayer

Wednesdays
11am Holy Communion

St Mary's Centre

10.30am all services
First Sunday: Morning Worship
Second Sunday: Morning Worship
Third Sunday, Holy Communion
Fourth Sunday, Morning Worship

The pattern varies around Christmas and Easter.

We run a different programme during August at 11am. Occasionally an event or special day is marked which can also cause a change to the above pattern.